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Sutton Coldfield Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence – No Win No Fee Claims

If you possess evidence that shows how you’ve fallen victim to Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence, this guide explains everything you need to know about your legal rights.

When you live in the Sutton Coldfield area and have a medical issue that needs attention but is not serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital, you can visit a Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre. You can also visit a walk-in centre if you’re not registered with a GP or if your GP cannot offer you an appointment soon enough.

Anyone who visits a walk-in centre is entitled to receive care in line with the standard expected of the treating medical professional. This is a medical professional’s duty of care. But what happens when a medical professional breaches this duty of care and you’re harmed, or your condition gets worse? This is what we will discuss in this guide.

How Do I Claim For Sutton Coldfield Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence?

Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

If you would like to know more about clinical negligence claims, our team is here to help. You can contact us on 0800 073 8804. This line is open 24 hours a day.

You can also get in touch with us via the live chat to the bottom right of this screen or using the form on our website.

Otherwise, read on to find out more about what steps you can take if you’ve been affected by medical negligence at a walk-in centre.

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A Guide On Sutton Coldfield Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence

We start this guide off by looking at what clinical negligence is and an introduction to the concept of duty of care. We then move on to explain what a walk-in centre is. You will learn who can use one and when, as well as the types of services that are generally available. We have also provided contact details for several walk-in centres in Sutton Coldfield.

Next, the guide goes over specific treatment scenarios, giving examples of how medical negligence could harm you in such situations. We will cover:

  • Visiting a walk-in centre if you have suffered a minor injury or wound of some kind.
  • Feeling a little poorly and visiting a walk-in centre to have your illness or infection diagnosed and treated.
  • Going along to a walk-in centre to get some sexual health or pregnancy advice, to have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) treated, or to get emergency contraception.

We also go over prescription and pharmaceutical errors. The last handful of sections in this guide have a different focus. You will learn how the severity of the harm you suffer will have a direct effect on the amount of compensation you receive. We will also cover the benefits of making your claim using a lawyer offering a No Win No Fee agreement.

So to learn more about Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence, please read on.

What Is Negligent Treatment At A Sutton Coldfield Walk-In Centre?

A walk-in centre is a place you can go to get medical attention for an illness or injury that you have. Rather than visit your GP with a minor illness, or attend the hospital Accident and Emergency Department for a minor wound, you can visit a walk-in centre.

If it turns out that you are suffering from something too serious for a walk-in centre to treat, they should ensure that you are referred to the right healthcare facility to get treatment. This could be a referral to your GP, or they may send you to the appropriate department at a hospital.

A walk-in centre may be able to treat:

  • An upset stomach
  • Rashes or infections
  • A sprained ankle or strained wrist
  • Colds and flu

A walk-in centre is expected to meet the standards that every hospital, clinic, or GP has to meet. The duty of care of a doctor is outlined by the General Medical Council. It means that they need to provide an appropriate level of care to reduce the risk of further harm being caused. If a healthcare provider breaches this duty of care and you are harmed as a result, you may be able to claim.

An Explanation Of Duty Of Care

Not every example of you being harmed as a result of medical treatment will be classed as medical negligence. Sometimes, a healthcare provider will cause you pain or additional harm even when they’re providing care of the right standard.

For example, if you attend the hospital with abdominal pain and you are found to have appendicitis, you will undergo an operation. This operation will technically cause you further harm in the form of an entrance wound so that the surgeon can remove your apendix; however, because performing the operation falls within their duty of care to you, this would not be an example of negligence.

The Bolam test is usually carried out to determine whether or not a doctor is negligent. This is where a panel of the healthcare provider’s peers are asked whether they acted within their duty of care when treating a patient. If the panel says that this duty of care was breached, the healthcare provider would be considered negligent.

NHS Walk In Centres In Sutton Coldfield

If you need to find your local NHS walk-in centre, the NHS has a feature that helps you to look it up. We have also included the contact details for several walk-in and urgent care centres in and around Sutton Coldfield below:

Boldmere Clinic

194 Boldmere Road

Sutton Coldfield

B73 5UE

Warren Farm Urgent Care Centre

Warren Farm Road

Kingstanding

B44 0PU

Erdington Health & Wellbeing Walk-in Centre

196 High Street

Birmingham

B23 6SJ

If you’d like to learn more about your rights in relation to an incident of Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence, please get in touch. 

When To Visit A Walk-In Health Centre In Sutton Coldfield

You can visit a walk-in centre for medical problems that are too minor for you to go to the hospital. However, you should always call and check before visiting a walk-in centre as some of them offer services that others don’t.

For example, only doctors and nurse prescribers are able to prescribe you medicine. If the walk-in centre is nurse-led and there are no nurse prescribers present, you can’t be prescribed medication.

A walk-in centre may be able to:

  • Perform an STI test and offer advice about sexual health
  • Treat you for a minor burn injury
  • Give you a brace or sling for a sprained wrist
  • Prescribe you antibiotics for an ear infection

Another reason you should call before visiting a walk-in centre is that your injury may be more serious than you initially think. As well as calling the walk-in centre directly, you can visit 111 online for advice on getting help for your symptoms.

Treatment Of A Minor Injury

Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence can occur when you visit the facility to have a minor wound or injury treated. If a duty of care breach meant that you were injured or your condition was made worse as a result of treatment, this is an example of medical negligence.

Some examples of mistakes that could occur when treating a minor injury include:

  • An insect bite leads you to seek medical attention at a walk-in centre. The nurse treating you uses an ointment that contains an active ingredient that you are allergic to, despite this information being available on your medical record. As a result, you experience an allergic reaction.
  • You visit the walk-in centre with a head injury, and while being treated, you exhibit clear signs of concussion. However, you aren’t told to go to the hospital to have a serious brain injury ruled out.
  • You go to your local walk-in centre complaining of abdominal pains and are given medication for a stomach bug. However, it transpires that you actually have appendicitis.

If you can prove that you’ve been injured or made ill as a result of negligent medical care, you may be owed compensation for your suffering. Speak to a member of our team to find out more.

Treating A Minor Infection

A walk-in centre can help you if you are suffering from a minor health matter such as an ear or eye infection. They may be able to offer you medical advice on how to treat your condition, or in some cases, they may be able to prescribe you medication.

Some examples of mistakes that could occur when a minor infection is being treated include:

  • You’re given antibiotics but are told to take the wrong dosage. This means that your condition isn’t treated and gets worse.
  • Your doctor puts down the wrong name of the medication you should be taking, meaning that you take the wrong medication. As a result, your condition gets worse than it would have if you’d been prescribed the correct medication.
  • The doctor prescribes you a medication that is not appropriate for people with low blood pressure, which you have. This information is available on your medical record, but this is not checked.

It can be difficult for you to ascertain whether you’ve been caused harm by medical negligence or in the course of you receiving appropriate medical care. If you would like to know more about what constitutes a breach of duty of care, speak to a member of our team today.

Sexual Health Care

Your local walk-in centre can provide services related to sexual health and family planning. However, you should always check before visiting your walk-in centre for issues related to this, as not all walk-in centres offer sexual health services.

Errors that could be made when providing sexual health services include:

  • You have clear symptoms of an STI, which you express to the healthcare provider treating you. However, they fail to perform a diagnostic test which results in your condition getting worse, and your fertility is affected.
  • When an STI test is performed, it’s done using unsanitised equipment. This results in you contracting a urinary tract infection.
  • You go to the walk-in centre while pregnant with symptoms like abdominal cramps and vaginal bleeding. Instead of advising you to go to the hospital, staff at the walk-in centre send you home with painkillers. This results in you experiencing a miscarriage.

It’s important that healthcare providers adhere to their duty of care when administering sexual health treatment. If you’ve been harmed or your condition has gotten worse because they failed to do so, speak to our team today. You could be owed compensation.

Negligent Use Of Medications

When visiting a walk-in centre, you might be given some medication. Alternatively, you will be handed a prescription for a pharmacy to fulfil. In either case, Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence could lead to a pharmaceutical error. For example:

  • A prescription error, such as a spelling mistake or a printing error, causes a pharmacy to give you the wrong medication. Taking this medication causes you harm.
  • The wrong instructions on how to take the medication are given to you. You follow these instructions, and your health suffers for it.
  • You’re given a prescription for medication that you have a known allergy to. Your medical records are not checked, and you suffer an allergic reaction as a result.

It’s really important that you take the right medication for your condition. Taking the wrong medication could mean that your condition worsens without treatment. Furthermore, you might be given some medication that makes you ill because you don’t need to take it. If this has happened as the result of a duty of care breach at a walk-in centre, call our team today.

Calculate Compensation For A Sutton Coldfield Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Incident

When you claim compensation for harm caused by Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence, you could receive two different kinds of damages as part of your settlement. These are general damages and special damages.

General damages are the part of your claim that compensates you for the pain and suffering caused by the negligence you have experienced. If a Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre staff member breached their duty of care to you, but this did not cause you any harm, you would not be entitled to claim.

In order to value the general damages head of your claim, you will usually be invited to a medical assessment where it will be confirmed that your condition relates to the negligence you experience. They will also assess how severe your condition is and how long it will take you to recover.

The Judicial College produces guideline compensation brackets for claim values. We used these guidelines as the basis of this table.

Injury CategoryLevel of SeverityRange of CompensationAdditional Info
Arm injuryLess severe£18,020 to £36,770A less severe arm injury, such as cuts, grazes, burns and soft tissue injuries. Recovery would be complete and happen quite rapidly.
Foot injuryModerate£12,900 to £23,460A moderate foot injury, such as a metatarsal fracture. There may be some ongoing symptoms and the foot could be deformed, causing problems in the long term.
Leg injuryVery serious£51,460 to £85,600A very serious leg injury, such as multiple compound fractures or non-union fractures. Recovery would likely take some time, and there would be a reduced functionality of the leg and possible loss of mobility.
Brain or head injuryModerate£40,410 to £205,580A moderate brain/head injury that may have an effect on the cognitive ability of the victim, as well as memory loss and other brain-related health issues.
Hand injuryLess serious£13,570 to £27,220A less serious hand injury, such as sprains, strains, cuts and grazes. Recovery would be total and would happen quickly.
Back injuryMinorUp to £11,730A minor back injury such as a mild case of whiplash, or a sprain or strain. There would be little pain, and the victim would recover completely within a short period.

For a more accurate assessment of your potential compensation award, please get in touch to discuss your case with us.

Special damages

Special damages are the part of your claim that compensates you for any out of pocket expenses that you have incurred as a result of the harm the medical negligence has caused you. It can cover things like lost earnings for time taken off work, travel costs to medical appointments and the cost of any care you need.

You will need to provide evidence in order to receive special damages. This could come in the form of receipts or invoices.

It’s important to note that the value of the damages you receive will only relate to the effects of the negligence and not your condition overall. For instance, if you suffer a broken ankle that is misdiagnosed as a sprain, you will have had pain and may have had to take time off work even if you received the proper standard of care. Your compensation will only reflect the additional harm caused to you by the negligence you experienced.

Making A No Win No Fee Claim For Sutton Coldfield Walk-In Centre Negligence

You might like to use the services of a solicitor to help you make your claim against a walk-in health centre in Sutton Coldfield. However, you may be hesitant about the idea of paying large legal fees to access legal representation.

A No Win No Fee agreement could help. It’s a contract that sets out the terms your solicitor needs to meet before they are paid.

This means there will be no charge for starting a new claim. You also won’t be charged during the time it takes to process the claim. If the claim fails, your solicitor will not expect you to pay them their fees.

If the claim is won, though, the No Win No Fee solicitor will ask you to pay them a small success fee. The amount is legally limited. Please call our claims team for more information about making a No Win No Fee claim; we may be able to connect you with one of our solicitors to represent you.

Speak To An Expert

Would you like to know more about the steps you could take if you were harmed due to Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence? Do you need some free legal advice about the process of making a compensation claim? Or maybe you are ready to start a claim right now?

Whatever help you need, please contact our claims team on 0800 073 8804. The number is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Related Guides On Medical Claims

It could be worth reading these other guides that we have published:

Claiming For Midwife Negligence

A Guide To Hospital Negligence Claims

How To Prove Clinical Negligence

These external pages all have relevant information as well:

Walk-In And Urgent Care Centre Information

Ethical Guidance for Doctors 

NHS Constitution (please be aware that not all walk-in centres are NHS led)

Further Medical Negligence Guides

Thank you for reading our guide on how Sutton Coldfield walk-in centre medical negligence could occur and the steps you could take if you were affected.

Written by Wheeler

Edited by Stocks

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